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by DJ Robert Drake (southstman)
at August 7th, 2007 (02:08 pm)



As some of you are aware, WXPN is collecting listeners most memorable musical moments; either those that are personal to you or perhaps those that are truly historic moments in musical history. We're compiling them on an incredible multi-media website and we will be counting down the 885 Most Memorable Musical Moments this October on the radio!!

It's by far the most creative and exhausting programming project we've undertaken at WXPN --- but we're still looking for memories!

Click the logo above to visit the site and learn more about the project and how you can participate - also, visit the link below to check out one of my personal moments, which was posted today!

- Robert Drake

http://xponentialmusic.org/blogs/885mmmm/2007/08/07/my-first-love/

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by DJ Robert Drake (southstman)
at July 30th, 2007 (10:22 pm)

Crazy electro-classical concert this week in Philly/UDel
by tactical_music (tactical_music)
at March 20th, 2007 (01:28 pm)

DJ Robert Drake [userpic]
by DJ Robert Drake (southstman)
at December 13th, 2006 (02:38 pm)

In case you need some seasonal music that doesn't suck - feel free to visit the special 4-hour mix I put together online at XPN's new media site! Here's the intro text, lifted from the site:

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The 13th annual edition of THE NIGHT BEFORE ON XPN, hosted by Robert Drake, is a 12-hour live mix of the most unique blend of seasonal music, from versions of classics you’ve never heard to songs simply celebrating the winter season.

The Night Before on XPN with Robert Drake airs Sunday, December 24th from 11am to 11pm eastern on WXPN-FM and worldwide at http://xponentialmusic.org

To give you a taste of what to expect, check out this musical holiday sampler, presented by our own keeper of the holiday music keys, Robert Drake. This four hour mix of songs of the season including Citizen Cope, Ruth Brown, Ottmar Liebert, El Vez, Bare Naked Ladies, Madeleine Peyroux, Winton Marsalis, They Might Be Giants and more...


http://www.xponentialmusic.org/archives/night_before.php

DJ Robert Drake [userpic]
by DJ Robert Drake (southstman)
at October 9th, 2006 (11:12 am)

For those unaware, WXPN has begun its annual 885 countdown this morning ... [two years ago we had listeners vote for the 885 all time greatest songs; last year we did the 885 all time greatest albums] this morning we began to playback the final votes for


We started at #885 and, if you were listening this morning, you would have heard (in order starting at #885):

BILLY IDOL, WU TANG CLAN, BARRY WHITE, FOREIGNER, R. KELLY, THE FEELIES, STAN RIDGWAY, BOOMTOWN RATS, BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB, THE LIBERTINES, BILL FRISELL, HOODOO GURUS, CESARIA EVORA, ANIMAL LIBERATION ORCHESTRA, JESSE COLIN YOUNG, TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS, SHEMEKIA COPELAND, THE JAMES GANG, BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO, MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES, MARC BROUSSARD, KIM RICHEY, MADNESS, NOTORIOUS B.I.G., LIONEL RITCHIE, THE BLASTERS, LUCIANO PAVOROTTI, CHRIS REA, THROWING MUSES, SEMISONIC...

As many of you know, WXPN is supported by its members - we couldn't do all we do if it wasn't for member support - and that's not a catchphrase, it's true.

Everything from our normal mix, our Free At Noon concerts, our annual All About The Music festival, our annual 885 countdowns and of course - our specialty programming like the three I produce: Kids Corner, Land of the Lost and Q'zine ... it wouldn't happen if we didn't have member support!

Annual membership is just $50 (that's only 13 cents a day!) or your could pledge more and get some cool Thank You gifts - whichever level you choose, I personally would appreciate it, since it's the final full day of our last fund drive of 2006!

https://secure.ga3.org/03/supportwxpn_today_200608

(and if you want to give props to me in the comment box on the pledge site, I'm not gonna stop ya!) LOL :)

- robert drake

DJ Robert Drake [userpic]
by DJ Robert Drake (southstman)
at August 25th, 2006 (08:43 am)

TONIGHT
FREE MIDNIGHT MOVIE!!

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DJ Robert Drake [userpic]
by DJ Robert Drake (southstman)
at August 1st, 2006 (11:55 am)

We've Launched!

Beginning today, WXPN has launched a whole new audio-on-demand site!

Podcasts, interviews, performances, live concerts, interactive boards, and three commercial-free 24/7 streaming music channels including XPoNential Radio, featuring a unique mix of emerging and heritage contemporary musicians and an eclectic blend of blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. Also, the much-awaited debut of Y-ROCK on XPN, the best in alternative and modern rock without the corporate musical crap that commercial rock radio seems forced to embrace.

Plus - swing online and vote for your personal Top Ten Greatest Musical Artists of All Time - we're compiling votes through the month and in October we'll countdown and playback on WXPN, the 885 All Time Greatest Artists! Plus each valid entry will be eligible for a random drawing to win the 885 All Time Greatest Artists Contest. The Prize includes the complete CD Catalogue of the Top 3 Artists In the 885 Countdown!

Anyway - we've been working on this for sometime now -- and totally psyched that we've entered a new era here at XPN ... click below to go to our new site and be sure to bookmark and visit it often!!

DJ Robert Drake [userpic]
by DJ Robert Drake (southstman)
at July 19th, 2006 (11:41 am)

For those into (or not) James Blunt:

http://www.lifeaftercoffee.com/2006/06/14/my-cubicle-song-lyrics/

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by DJ Robert Drake (southstman)
at July 11th, 2006 (08:20 am)
current mood: creative

well - it's official ... here's news that I've been sitting on for a while but it is being announced today - both on XPN and in this morning's Inquirer

New partners: WXPN, Y100


A marriage of younger and older rock
By Michael Klein
Inquirer Staff Writer


WXPN-FM (88.5) is partnering with the programmer from former radio station Y100 to add younger, harder-rocking acts like Nine Inch Nails and Wolfmother to 'XPN's middle-aged sound. In a novel deal to be announced today, 'XPN will add elements of the alternative-music format abandoned in Philadelphia when Y100 went off the air nearly a year and a half ago.

On Aug. 30, 'XPN will begin 10 hours of programming over three weeknights hosted by Jim McGuinn, Y100's former program director. His show will air from 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays - three of 'XPN's slower nights.Even sooner, on Aug. 1 'XPN will launch the online service Y.Rock on 'XPN as part of a Web presence that will include podcasts and archival material, called XPoNential Music on Demand WXPN.

When Y100 went off the air in February 2005 after nearly 12 years, a mostly volunteer group aided by McGuinn kept the programming alive on the Internet station Y100Rocks.com. McGuinn, now on the music-industry faculty at Drexel University, said the Internet station was making money. The Internet volunteers will work out of a new studio at 'XPN in University City's World Cafe Live building, and will create content for Y.Rock on 'XPN.

Like the recent partnership that brought XM Satellite hosts Opie & Anthony to simulcast their morning show on seven CBS Radio stations, the new setup acknowledges the strength and reach of old-fashioned, terrestrial radio. Roger LaMay, general manager of the University of Pennsylvania-operated station, said he wanted to find a way to reach Y100's audience - which skews far younger than the middle-agers reached by 'XPN's AAA (adult album alternative) format. ('XPN says most of its listeners are between ages 35 and 65.) "It also gives us a station that's going to appeal to Penn students," he said.

Bruce Warren, 'XPN's assistant general manager for programming, said 'XPN and Y100Rocks.com share about one-quarter of the artists on their playlists. 'XPN, for example, doesn't play punk. Y100Rocks.com eschews Bruce Springsteen.

According to Arbitron, Y100 was ranked seventh of 26 stations among listeners ages 18 to 34, with a total weekly audience of more than 384,000. Radio One Inc. flipped the format to The Beat, a hip-hop/R&B station, explaining that it wanted to target all itsthree local stations to a minority audience so it could better package advertising. Y100's audience was overwhelmingly white.

LaMay said 'XPN was investing "a couple hundred thousand dollars" in the partnership, which will include equipment and salaries. The station is also hiring Y100 webmaster and former DJ Josh T. Landow. "The good news and bad news is there are no models here," said LaMay, who expected donations to make the new service pay for itself "within three years."

Karen Glauber, president of HITS Magazine, which reports on music-industry news, called the idea "fantastic for a number of reasons... . Ticket sales [of alternative acts] have suffered mightily since Y100 went off the air, and... 'XPN having its audience [align] with Jim McGuinn attracts a younger demo - kids that normally wouldn't listen to 'XPN." McGuinn is taking over slots now hosted by 'XPN's Matt Reilly, who will continue to work as a weekday fill-in and on weekends.

note: Land of the Lost will remain the Final Fridays on XPN from 7-11pm!

ameegee [userpic]
All About The Music Festival
by ameegee (ameegee)
at July 5th, 2006 (09:12 am)

So who is going this year?

Anybody signed up to volunteer? 

Who are you looking forward to seeing?

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